Episode #438 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during week of September 28 - October 4, 2013) includes:
"An Evening with Morris Dees" (63 minutes) Morris Dees, co-founder & Chief Trial Counsel for the Southern Poverty Law Center, spoke to a capacity audience on September 6, 2013 at St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Sacramento. After launching a law practice in Montgomery, Alabama in 1960, Dees won a series of groundbreaking civil rights cases that helped integrate government and public institutions. Known for his innovative lawsuits that crippled some of America’s most notorious white supremacist hate groups, he has received numerous awards, including Trial Lawyer of the Year from Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Award from the National Education Association and The Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice.
"Peak Moment" (26 minutes) Natural builder Chris Foraker gives a tour of work-in-progress at Aprovecho Center, Oregon. The structure’s clay, straw, sand, and wood come primarily from their own land. Much of the work was done by amateurs using techniques that don’t take industrial levels of technology. Aprovecho builders pioneered using small diameter flat-sided poles to replace dimensional lumber — a technique accepted into the local building code. Chris dreams of reintroducing “regional vernacular architectures.” This building beautifully expresses that dream.
"The Story of Bottled Water" (8 minutes) The story of manufactured demand -- how you get Americans to buy more than half a billion bottles of water every week when it already flows from the tap. This film explores the bottled water industry's attacks on tap water and its use of seductive, environmental-themed advertising to cover up the mountains of plastic waste it produces.
"The Humor Times Presents Will Durst" (19 minutes) Media Edge presents excerpts from political comedian Will Durst’s new one-man show, “BoomeRaging: From LSD to OMG.” Recorded at the 24th Street Theatre in Sacramento on August 23, 2013. According to Durst, the show is about the travails of being “chronologically gifted,” or “what happens when acid flashbacks meet dementia.”